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Axios reports that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now saying that "39 people have died from a lung injury associated with e-cigarette use in 24 states."

There is some new information: "Among 19 patients who died, 84% reported use of THC-containing products, according to a new report out in late October. The CDC maintains no single e-cigarette product or compound has been linked to the pulmonary illnesses … 37% of the 19 who died reported use of nicotine-containing products … 63% reported exclusive use of THC-containing products … 16% reported exclusive use of nicotine-containing products."

Axios describes the big picture this way: "The CDC reported 2,051 confirmed and probable cases of severe respiratory illnesses as of Nov. 5 among those who vaped nicotine or cannabis products in 49 states, Washington, D.C., and a U.S. territory."

If there is a silver lining, it may be this: "The number of reported cases each week has slowed."
KC's View:
The retailers that decided to get out of the vaping business ultimately will be glad they did, I think. The ones that have not may regret it … especially if people who are getting sick start to hold them responsible for the products they bought there.